U.S. Entrepreneur Delegation in Tunisia (October 31 - November 2, 2011)
Tunis, October 27, 2011
From October 31 to November 2, Lorraine Hariton, the State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, will lead a delegation of 13 American entrepreneurs and early-stage investors to Tunisia. The goal of the delegation is to foster and deepen relationships between U.S. investors and entrepreneurs and their local counterparts in emerging markets and showcase local talent in Tunisia and throughout the Maghreb region.
The delegation will be organized primarily around pitch sessions and mentoring workshops to promote promising Tunisian entrepreneurs. The Microsoft Innovation Center at the El Ghazala Technopark will host a day-long program devoted to one-on-one mentoring meetings and discussions with local institutions that mentor entrepreneurs themselves. Ten to fifteen promising startups will then pitch their business ideas to the delegation in a second full day of activities at Wiki Start Up, Tunisia’s first for-profit incubator.
The delegation’s over-arching theme will be innovation. Many of the delegates are technology entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley, but the delegation will also include representation from across the United States, including Detroit, Michigan, home to the United States’ largest Arab-American population.